As a police officer, Julia Burney-Witherspoon patrolled the rough streets and tough neighborhoods in Racine, Wis. When called to troubled homes, she would notice there were few children's books -- or worse, no children's books at all.
"I have a special place in my heart for books," Burney-Witherspoon said. "When people think poverty, they think no food, no clothes, no shelter, but no one ever thinks no books."
While her job meant throwing the book at criminals, she kept in the back of her mind...Full Story